I met a lovely lady at the Renaissance symposium this year who promptly contacted me for a peasants outfit. We worked long distance from measurements and had one fitting in person. She had the fabric in mind already and try as I did I wasn’t able to convince her to go with an all linen outfit. But the coif, apron, and flatcap are 100% linen. The coif and apron are decorated with red machine embroidery. I had to test the red thread in cold and hot water to make sure it won’t bleed on the lovely white linen. We sure don’t want pink linens!
The skirt is attached to the bodice and opens at the center front.
After her first event she exclaimed:
“It’s wonderful. And not only is is wonderful but I can breathe too. The dress is perfect and with the hat really makes a statement.” I’m looking forward to seeing her wear it at faire!
If you haven’t tried out different linen fabrics, there are some great suppliers out there. Here are a couple:
I’m getting ready to make a few linen shirts this week. I’ll be at Livermore if anyone wants to stop by and check out the different linens in person. I’ve already pre-washed both types I currently have but you can see and feel it in person. I know fabric-store also will send sample cards which I’ve found useful to have on hand.